Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

African Muckraking

Event Details

African Muckraking
Book Launch and Discussion with Anya Schiffrin and George Lugalambi
March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
World Room, Columbia Journalism School

Africa Muckraking is the first collection of investigative and campaigning journalism written by Africans and about Africa. The editors delved into the history of modern Africa to find the most important and compelling pieces of journalism on the stories that matter. This collection of 41 pieces of African journalism includes passionate and committed writing on labor abuses, police brutality, women’s rights, the struggle for democracy and independence on the continent and other subjects. Each piece of writing is introduced by a noted scholar or journalist who explains the context and why the journalism mattered. Some of the highlights include: Feminist writing from Tunisia into the 1930s, hair raising exposes of the secret tactics planned by the South African government during apartheid, Richard Mgamba’s searing description of the albino brothers in Tanzania who fear for their lives, the piece by Liberian journalist Mae Azongo’s on genital cutting which forced her into hiding.

Panelists for the book launch event will include:
Howard French, Columbia Journalism School
Karen Attiah, Washington Post
Prue Clarke, New Narratives
Anton Harber, the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Peter Kimani, author of Dance of the Jakaranda
Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Goods Inc.
Ron Nixon, The New York Times
Gregory Mann, Columbia University History Department

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